01.03.11

December 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 11:36 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in December: 0
  2. Rejections in December: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in December: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 0

Another quiet month on the writing front. 

I did learn about some new (to me) flash fiction markets during the Flash Fiction/Winter Solstice Celebration.  Some of them are being added to my list of possible markets.

One of my rewards for finishing NaNoWriMo this year was a premium Savvy Authors membership.  They also had an EditPalooza event scheduled for January to help work a manuscript into shape.  I registered for the workshop so I can get some work done beyond the crappy first draft.

Lastly, I and some others in my flash fiction group gave flash fiction contest entries critiques before they were handed in to the judge.  It (I hope) gave them a leg up on the competition and was fun to do.

12.04.10

November 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 3:18 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in November: 0
  2. Rejections in November: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in November: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 0

This is the month in which I tell myself I’m awful and wonderful at the same time.  I’ll start off with the bad.

I was a bad blogger.  None of my reviews were written before the month started.  I found it impossible to write during the evenings and come up with coherent sentences for blog posts.  (Most of my 29 posts in draft status are unfinished reviews.)  My post about the World Fantasy Convention is still in draft status too.  The great thing about blogs is the immediate factor – people can read about events minutes or hours after they happened.

I was a bad submitter.  I didn’t send out anything new.  There was a contest I found out about a day before the deadline and I had a flash fiction piece that needed another pass before I would send it out again.  It never got looked at so it didn’t get entered.

The good stuff… I finally made it to the Thurber House.  I learned about the Mustard Seed Retreat which is a great alternative to squirreling yourself away in a hotel room to write.  This month was NaNoWriMo month. 

It gave me the opportunity to reacquaint myself with and meet local writers.  It reminded me I do need the camaraderie of other writers.  Last year I promised myself a laptop for finishing NaNoWriMo.  I’m finally getting getting around to picking one out. 

This month I came to the decision to do something about the first draft/outline manuscripts that have been unloved on my hard drive and back-ups.  I signed up for a month-long workshop on editing that begins in January.

11.02.10

October 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 9:54 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in October: 0
  2. Rejections in October: 2
  3. Submissions sent out in October: 1
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 0

My host has experienced some problems the last day so I haven’t been able to get here for more than a minute or two to do some updates.

I have begun writing my post about the World Fantasy Convention but it’s not ready to go live yet.

With two exceptions this month, all of my book reviews here will be about books that feature dogs. Call it “dog-tired month from doing NaNoWriMo” or call it a “Gotcha Monthlong Celebration” about the special place dogs have in our lives.

10.03.10

September 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 11:32 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in September: 0
  2. Rejections in September: 1
  3. Submissions sent out in September: 1
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

I’ve assumed my item sent to Writer’s Digest for the September issue was rejected since no one contacted me to do a profile.  I’m sure I have that issue somewhere around the house…

I have a few ideas colliding in my head for this year’s NaNoWriMo but I haven’t settled on one yet. 

Later this month I’ll be attending the World Fantasy Convention.  It’s being held in my hometown this year and should be fun.

09.05.10

August 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 1:24 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews (and interviews) are not included.

  1. Sales in August: 0
  2. Rejections in August: 1
  3. Submissions sent out in August: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 2

I can’t even believe how quickly August has flown by.  My husband bought me some little cans of 7 up with monster faces on them.  October is right around the corner.  Oh no!

08.01.10

July 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 11:13 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews (and interviews) are not included.

  1. Sales in July: 0
  2. Rejections in July: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in July: 1
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 3

Last year I didn’t have a good run in sending out submissions.  I think my May writing events got my behind in gear.  I’m starting to submit flash fiction pieces written this year.

07.05.10

June 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 11:34 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews (and interviews) are not included.

  1. Sales in June: 0
  2. Rejections in June: 1
  3. Submissions sent out in June: 2
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 2

The Thurber House has a contest each year to kick off the summer season.  This was the first year I entered and since I wasn’t invited to come to the picnic for a reading I can assume I wasn’t picked as one of the top entries.

At the end of June I signed up for a Flash Fiction workshop with Jim Harrington, one of the editors at Apollo’s Lyre.  Flash Fiction is what I submit and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have an insider’s opinion on a new piece before I did anything with it.

06.11.10

May 2010

Posted in Event, Status Report, Writing at 11:06 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews (and interviews) are not included.

  1. Sales in May: 0
  2. Rejections in May: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in May: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

Nothing was submitted this month but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still working and writing.  In fact, even though I wasn’t writing every day it was one of my most productive non-November writing months yet.  My writing related goal for Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo was to write another 10K words towards a previous NaNo project about a Barbarian Shamaness who must travel to a city to obtain more wort to save her village.  Without this vital ingredient for the medicine her village could be decimated.

Thanks to not actually writing for 12 days straight, I didn’t make my goal.  I was able to add 5930 words though.  Rereading the beginning chapter I realized it’s not the beginning.  It should be part of a flashback.  As much as I wanted to edit it and change things I didn’t do it.

I’m sure some of you will recognize what I call “shiny syndrome”.  You know… when you get a great NEW idea, or you see a market that another piece would be perfect for after some edits and you’re tempted to temporarily abandon your current project?  It tried to strike me several times during the month but I successfully resisted each time.

Participating in Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo helped me be more focused, I think.  I wrote down my goals where other people could see them and had to update my progress regularly.  To be honest, I don’t know if anyone else read them or not.

Attending Coyote Con provided me with the opportunity to chat with and get to know people I probably would not have met any other way.  Overall I’m pleased with the way May ended.

05.01.10

April 2010

Posted in Status Report at 2:45 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in April: 0
  2. Rejections in April: 2
  3. Submissions sent out in April: 1
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

So the poetry contest winner reading came and went around tax day.  Guess who wasn’t there? 

I did send an entry this week for a Writer’s Digest 10th Anniversary contest.  The contest was to write an opening sentence based on a picture incorporating the number 10.  One of the difficulties was the 35 word limit.  Entries were due by May 14 (I submitted early!) and the winners will be published in the September issue.

One thing I learned this month was to finish what I start.  I have several essays and stories begun for contests or themed submissions.  Once the deadline passes, the piece usually gets dropped.  Sounds a little bit like my exercise regime.  One essay and one short story would have been perfect to polish off and submit this past month.  The essay wasn’t finished and the short story didn’t have the rewrites completed to make it better.

04.01.10

March 2010

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 2:05 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in March: 0
  2. Rejections in March: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in March: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 2

Normally I would say no news is good news… but the contest I sent my poems to has a reading of the winners in the middle of April.  I would think they would give at least two weeks notice for the winners to make arrangements to attend.  These won’t be officially considered rejections until the date passes.

April Fool’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays.  I think I’m just too serious in my nature to truly enjoy it.  When I tried to recall pranks my brothers did, I couldn’t remember any.  Maybe my entire family is serious! 

So here’s an April Fool’s Day prank for you… I won the lottery, am moving to England, and one of my unpublished books has been optioned for a movie starring Johnny Depp and Franka Potente.  It starts filming next week.  🙂

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